Still reel­ing from Do­rian, Ba­hamas face Hum­berto

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY DANICA COTO

Of­fi­cials tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended aid ef­forts and closed a cou­ple of small air­ports in the Ba­hamas Saturday as Trop­i­cal Storm Hum­berto dumped rain on parts of the ar­chi­pel­ago’s north­west re­gion that were al­ready ham­mered by Hur­ri­cane Do­rian two weeks ago.

Hum­berto lashed the is­lands as U.N. Sec­re­taryGen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res vis­ited the Ba­hamas to sup­port hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts in the wake of Do­rian, which hit as a Cat­e­gory 5 that left thou­sands in need of food, wa­ter and shel­ter. The list of miss­ing stands at 1,300 peo­ple and the death toll at 50. But of­fi­cials say the list is pre­lim­i­nary and many peo­ple could just be un­able to con­nect with loved ones.

Threat­en­ing to ex­ac­er­bate is­lands’ prob­lems, Hum­berto’s rains were fall­ing on Abaco is­land though con­di­tions ap­peared nor­mal Saturday af­ter­noon in nearby Grand Ba­hama.

Saturday af­ter­noon, the hur­ri­cane cen­ter said the storm was lo­cated about 40 miles north of Great Abaco is­land and 120 miles east-north­east of Freeport, Grand Ba­hama. The storm was moving 7 mph with max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 50 mph.

There was a trop­i­cal storm warning in ef­fect for the north­west Ba­hamas, ex­cept for An­dros Is­land, and 2 to 4 inches of rain was ex­pected, with iso­lated amounts of 6 inches. Weather fore­cast­ers say Hum­berto will likely be­come a hur­ri­cane by Sun­day night as it moves away from the Ba­hamas and the U.S. coast. It won’t threaten land as a hur­ri­cane but its swells could af­fect the coasts of Florida, Ge­or­gia and South Carolina later this week­end and early next week.

The hur­ri­cane cen­ter said most of Hum­berto’s heavy squalls were oc­cur­ring north and east of the cen­ter of the storm, which was pass­ing just east of Abaco. How­ever, govern­ment of­fi­cials in the Ba­hamas urged peo­ple in dam­aged homes to seek shel­ter.

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